Wilt Chamberlain Stamps Debut Today

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As if you needed another reason to go see the suddenly red-hot 76ers: Tonight, when the team hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Wells Fargo Center, there will be a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the much-anticipated Wilt Chamberlain postage stamp honoring the Philly hoops legend.

Put another way: Tonight, at the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the much-anticipated Wilt Chamberlain postage stamp, there will be a basketball game.

The pride of Overbook High is the first NBA player to be immortalized in the hallowed halls of philately. Punneth the USPS:

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Sixers Actually Win Game

The Philadelphia 76ers have hurt their chances at the No. 1 overall draft pick for the first time this season. After losing their first 17 games of the season, the 76ers won their first on Wednesday night. The win means the Sixers avoid tying the Nets for the worst start in NBA history. It’s the little things.

Michael Carter-Williams led the way for the Sixers in their 85-77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. But it was K.J. McDaniels whose name will be forever etched into the Sixers records books: His three-pointer with two minutes left gave the Sixers the lead for good.

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Flyers Lose on Last-Second Heartbreaker

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San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto (83) scores the game-winning goal during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in San Jose, Calif.

On Monday, Flyers chairman Ed Snider told the Inquirer he’d “never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve been in hockey.” Except on their first line, the Flyers weren’t scoring.

On Tuesday, the Flyers weren’t exactly inspired by the team owner’s words: They lost to the Sharks, 2-1, on a San Jose goal with 11.5 seconds left. It was the Flyers fifth straight loss.

The Flyers are now 8-13-3 — they’ve lost two-thirds of the games they’ve played this season. They are 1-8-1 in their last 10.

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Former Flyers Coach Pat Quinn Dies at 71

Members of the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni team, from the left, Bill Barber, Eric Lindros, Bob Clarke and coach Pat Quinn (standing) on the bench during the Winter Classic Alumni hockey game with the New York Rangers Alumni team, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 in Philadelphia.  AP | Tom Mihalek

Members of the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni team, from the left, Bill Barber, Eric Lindros, Bob Clarke and coach Pat Quinn (standing) on the bench during the Winter Classic Alumni hockey game with the New York Rangers Alumni team, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 in Philadelphia.

Former Philadelphia Flyers coach Pat Quinn, who led the Flyers to an NHL-record 35-game unbeaten streak in 1980, has died after a long illness. He was 71.

Quinn — known as “The Big Irishman” — was a popular figure in hockey circles. He played seven years in the NHL as a defenseman in the late 1960s and ’70s. His first head coaching job was with the Flyers; he replaced Fred Shero late in the 1978-79 season. In the 1979-80 season, Quinn led the Flyers on their incredible streak: After losing its second game of the year, the team went 25-0-10 in its next 35 games.

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The Sixers’ Losing Streak Will End Someday

Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel, left, holds his head after scrambling for a ball against Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Houston. The Rockets won 88-87.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, left, holds his head after scrambling for a ball against Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Houston. The Rockets won 88-87.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Sixers didn’t play last night, which was a blessing. They’ll play again tonight, which isn’t. In case you haven’t heard, the team is off to a brutal 0-and-13 start. One of those was a one-point loss, but a lot of the rest haven’t even been close. The team’s been blown away by the Pacers, the Heat, the Raptors, the Mavs, the Spurs and the Suns. Among others. The stands are so empty during this losing streak that if you bring a box of macaroni-and-cheese to tonight’s game, you get two free tickets to another game. Supposedly, this is to benefit Philabundance. In reality, it’s to get some butts in seats for a change. Read more »

The Enemy Among Us: How Are There Cowboys Fans in Philadelphia?

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I’ve written about all sorts of different things over the years, but I’d never experienced people so visibly disgusted with me until I started poking around for this piece. All it took was a simple introduction of the topic: football-watching humans, born and/or raised in the Philadelphia area, who identify as fans of the Dallas Cowboys.

We’ll pause briefly here to allow you to ready your Nate Newton-branded airsickness bags.

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It’s Hard to Trust Roger Goodell

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, during happier times.

I once met and interviewed Adrian Peterson.

He greeted me, as he does everyone, with a vice-grip handshake that stuns you to your core, a handshake that I found extremely peculiar. A firm handshake is what most men do. But this was ridiculous. It was as if Peterson was out to exert and display his power for no particular reason at all other than to exert and display that he was stronger than you. And it was like he didn’t want you to forget it.

With that story, I make a rather lengthy, but pertinent leap to his case of child abuse. Adrian Peterson whupped up on his 4-year-old boy, perhaps as a form of backwater punishment, but certainly as an exertion of power.  After reading about this case and seeing the photos of a bruised 4-year-old, I come to the conclusion that Peterson is a loathsome and contemptible man.

But this is not just a story about a bad human being. It’s a story of how the National Football League has turned into a joke when it comes to governing their employees. Their punishment of Adrian Peterson for the rest of the NFL’s regular season may pass a moral test, but it’s another ass-backward attempt to gain public trust by manipulating rules and regulations solely upon the whims of an empty suit named Roger Goodell.

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It Was a Miserable Night for Philadelphia Sports

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) reacts against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 19, 2014.

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) reacts against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 19, 2014.

It was not a good night to be a Philadelphia sports fan.

First off, the Sixers lost. That’s not necessarily news, but this was a game they might have been able to win! They led the hated Celtics by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but eventually lost 101-90. The record for most losses to start a season is 18. The Sixers are 0-11.

Meanwhile, Tony Wroten fired back at Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, who said the University of Kentucky basketball team would beat the Sixers this year. I see no reason we can’t make this exhibition happen — it might be a chance for the 76ers to actually get a win.

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The Sixers Are Making Deadspin Really Angry

Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel, left, holds his head after scrambling for a ball against Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Houston. The Rockets won 88-87.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, left, holds his head after scrambling for a ball against Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Houston. The Rockets won 88-87.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The folks at Deadspin have had it with the Sixers and their tank-job ways. We’ll give you three quotes from the piece, “The Philadelphia 76ers Are a Godless Abomination,” to convey the depth of anger — you might even share it by the end of the piece!

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